Today's Run: Relaxed 9.6 miles at ~ 9:00 pace. One of my longest runs ever on a work day! Hard to get up out of the nice, cozy bed on a cold, dark winter morning.

Is it too early to start planing my summer vacation?

We are! And we're heading west. Look out Griswolds, the Lewises are hitting the road. Well, not entirely. We're flying part of the way and driving the rest, but it's the closest thing to a cross country adventure we've taken.

This July we'll be off on a western adventure through Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon. Yellowstone National Park, Stanley white water and Rockies baseball are all on the agenda! I'm already getting excited and it's still six months off.

My husband and I have been very lucky to travel quite a bit. We've seen Vienna, Paris, Munich, Florence, Siena, Rome, Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Lhasa, Shanghai and many other cities - just counting the trips we've taken together. This year we're staying closer to home to explore some of our own country for a change.

I'm also not-so-secretly hoping to get in a rave run or two along some mountain range or around one of the parks. Running Big Sur last year left me wanting more. If you've ever spent any time running out west, your suggestions are greatly appreciated.